Although the road to victory was rough and tough, he continued to strike the rock of success persistently until he made a head way.
Having lost his father while he was in primary school, the onus of raising him and funding his education rested solely on his mother, but that was a load too heavy for her to carry. As a result of this, Adaramola had to engage his hands in odd jobs to pave his way through school.
He engaged in various menial jobs like bricklaying, bush clearing with Soloyak Enterprises, casual work with NNPC Mosini, Sagamu and West Africa Portland Cement and was once a farm manager with Mauren farm. He also made ridges in the farm, dug soak away, cut bamboo to do house decking, engaged in Oil Palm processing and learnt basket weaving.
He was drafted into Ogun State Teaching Service through the Voluntary Teaching Scheme established by the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel. As a class teacher in Alaye High School, he served as Agric. Committee Chairman for many years and was a Games Master to both Junior and Senior School.
He brought his skill acquisition prowess to the fore as he taught and engaged the students in palm-oil processing and participated in several workshops within and outside the state. Due to his love for nature, he championed the school’s serenity and beautification project. With these and more, parents and teachers identified with his contributions to the well-being of the school and he was awarded the best teacher in 2009 and 2010 by the Parents/Teachers Association.
He moved to Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro, in 2012 and the work was more demanding but due to his resilience, steadfastness and hard work, he was appointed by the School’s Management as the School’s Games Master, Chairman Agric. Committee for 2012, Assistant Hostel Master, now the Hostel Master and School Registrar.
Before his 2018, award as Nigeria’s best teacher, he was selected as one of Ogun State delegates to 2013 Oodua World Children Day Celebration hosted by Osun State. He also scored 65% in the higher potential performances in Agricultural science for 2015 and 75% in 2017 senior secondary school certificate Examination Result (SSCE). He has taken the school’s cricket team to represent the state in local and international tournaments where he won awards and laurels. He won a Green House project for Ogun state and his school in 2015 at the Abuja National School Agricultural Programme (NSAP).
Presently, he coordinates and trains students in tomatoes horticulture and entrepreneurship activity with the objective of making students develop self reliance and proffer solution to problems of unemployment in the country. He is championing the growing of three acre of money spinning seed called SESAME for the school. He also undertook various agricultural projects within the school like Poultry production, Nursery of Cocoa seedling, groundnut cultivation, two acres of plantain plantation, two acres of Cassava with Maize farm and Rearing of Goat and Snails as school project and practical for students. There is also a palm oil processing unit where he teaches students on oil palm processing while the shafts are converted and processed into local soap called ‘OSE DUDU’
If there is one thing you cannot take away from Adaramola, it is his love for the teaching profession. He said, “Teaching is my passion.” This is seen in his secular and spiritual life as he is the Sunday school coordinator for Aiyetoro Axis and the Sunday school treasurer, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ogun Province 7, Ilaro.
Born to late Pa Joseph and Madam Rachel Adaramola in 1973, Adaramola had his primary education at Wesley school 1, sagamu, Ogun State and Christ Apostolic Primary School, Erinmope, Ekiti. He had his secondary education at Erinmope High School and finished in 1993. He gained admission to Federal College of Education Osiele Abeokuta in 2000 and studied Agricultural Science after which he obtained a B.Sc in Food and Nutrition from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State.
The contest for Nigeria’s Best Teacher starts from the Local Government of each state and it is keenly contested by teachers in the 36 states of the federation. Adaramola took part in the race five times before he came to national limelight. He was the best in his Local Government on four occasions and on the fifth attempt, he emerged as the best in Ogun State before he was nominated to represent the State at the national level. He was given a brand new car (Hyundai Sonanta), one million naira from Ogun State Government and career adjustment.